Feb 18, 2020 19:07 UTC
  • IRGC strike on US base was one but necessary step: Iran

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) took a "necessary step" to strike a US base in Iraq last month in response to the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, says the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry.

"What we have done was one but a necessary step. It was in fact a slap in the face of the Americans," Abbas Mousavi said in an interview with Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji list on Tuesday, Press TV reported.

"For years no one had the capability and courage to carry out such an action. We saw that Iran showed a severe reaction and hit one of the most important US bases in West Asia," the Iranian official added.

The Iranian spokesman said Soleimani's assassination was a great loss as many people in several countries, including the United States, expressed sympathy.

Asked whether Iran would consider more measures to retaliate, Mousavi said nothing can make up for Soleimani's martyrdom as "he was a soldier of peace."

He added that Iran responded with its domestically-manufactured missiles. "But after the assassination of General Soleimani, the world will see less peace because his presence had hindered acts of terror by various groups and this was also important for international security."

The Iranian diplomat noted that terrorist groups conducted far fewer attacks in Europe after General Soleimani and his companions started to fight Daesh.

In the wake of the assassination, Daesh terrorists once again got an opportunity to resume their acts of terror and disrupt global security, Mousavi pointed out.